Pfizer Company asked Vietnam to respond on the purchase of Covid-19 vaccine on May 18

The Government Office has just issued a written notice of the conclusion of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the Government Standing meeting on May 17 on the purchase of Vaccine Covid-19 room of Pfizer Company. The Vietnamese party must reply to Pfizer Company no later than May 18, 2021.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chairs a Government Standing meeting on the purchase of a vaccine against Covid-19 – Photo: VGP

On the afternoon of May 17, at the Government Headquarters, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chaired the Government Standing meeting on the purchase of Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer Company. Attending the meeting were the Deputy Prime Ministers: Pham Binh Minh, Le Minh Khai, Vu Duc Dam, Le Van Thanh; Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long, Minister, Chairman of the Government Office Tran Van Son, leaders of the Ministries: Health, National Defense, Public Security, Planning and Investment, Finance, Industry and Trade, Science and Technology, Justice.

At the meeting, the Ministry of Health reported on Pfizer’s plan to buy a Covid-19 vaccine; Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long affirmed that Pfizer Company does not accept negotiations on prices and contract conditions and the Vietnamese party must respond to Pfizer Company no later than May 18, 2021.

After listening to the comments of the Deputy Prime Ministers and delegates attending the meeting, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh concluded that buying a Covid-19 vaccine is necessary and urgent in accordance with the conclusion of the Politburo. , the Secretariat in Official Dispatch No. 50-CV/TW dated February 19, 2021 and of the Government in Resolution No. 21/NQ-CP dated February 26, 2021.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the selection of vaccines against Covid-19; take responsibility for the content of the above report at the Government Standing meeting.

In the condition of “fighting the epidemic like fighting the enemy”, there is a shortage of vaccines to prevent Covid-19 globally, in order to have a vaccine and inject it for the people soon under the direction of the Politburo, the Secretariat and the Government. Government, the Prime Minister requested the Ministry of Health and other ministries and branches to uphold the sense of responsibility for the people’s health, public health, the interests of the nation, the nation, together with the community, to be responsible and unifying. implement solutions to get the vaccine as soon as possible. This is an urgent situation, so the purchase of vaccines must be handled in accordance with the law on special and urgent cases and must be done immediately.

The Prime Minister assigned the Government Office to assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and the Ministry of Justice to expeditiously prepare the opinion forms for members of the Government and a draft Government resolution on the purchase of vaccines. – Ask for Pfizer’s Covid-19 prevention, send comments to Government Members on May 17, 2021 and ask for Government members’ opinions before 9 a.m. on May 18, 2021.

Pursuant to the Government’s Resolution, assign the Ministry of Planning and Investment to have an official appraisal opinion in writing on the plan to purchase a vaccine against Covid-19 proposed by the Ministry of Health, and at the same time draft a decision approving the Covid-19 vaccine. approve the contractor selection plan in accordance with the Bidding Law and report to the Prime Minister.

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